commanteer's past comments

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    commanteer

    Any comment about a father and his son stolen away?

    Uh...no? Maybe because the father was violent and she did the right thing by taking (not stealing) the boy away. Yes, too many women do claim domestic violence falsely in this country. But considering his subsequent actions, that is rather obviously not the case here.

    Posted in: Man assaults ex-wife, fatally stabs her mother in Sapporo

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    commanteer

    No. As it was not a missile after all. But "yes" in that a satellite will help them create that "sea of fire" they are always threatening us with.

    The N. Korean regime are the worst sorts of criminals, no doubt. But I am always wary when the news media and politicians work in tandem to drum up hysteria about anything. Getting the people trained to accept whatever plans they have by whipping up fear.

    Posted in: Do you think North Korea's rocket launch on Sunday is as big a deal as the international community is making it out to be?

  • 0

    commanteer

    The real irony here is that the J-entertainment business is mostly controlled by the yakuza. So much for squeaky clean. And that's one reason nobody writes a tell-all book. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/02/06/the-yakuza-are-running-japan-s-hollywood.html

    Posted in: Becky loses sponsors, regular TV appearances over affair scandal

  • -1

    commanteer

    Especially the Japanese authorities who might "detain" and or "deport" A. Jolie if she ever flies into Narita or Haneda.

    Hyperbole much?

    Posted in: Angelina Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan

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    commanteer

    I used to like Cruz until i saw how arrogant he was, and his brazen lies. With those characteristics he's be a better fit in the Democratic Party.

    Posted in: Cruz needs an issue if he wants to win - and this is it

  • 0

    commanteer

    As an old nemesis once told me, "Fashion knows no pain."

    Posted in: How do Japanese schoolgirls, with their short skirts, manage to resist the cold?

  • 0

    commanteer

    If Japan had something similar to The National Trust, or English Heritage in the UK, then there wouldn't be any need for constant attention from UNESCO.

    Since Japan has only 19 sites compared to the much smaller UK's 29 sites, that would appear not to be the case.

    Posted in: Japan to drop bid for world heritage listing of Nagasaki sites

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    commanteer

    Would've been nice if they chose someone with some actual musical talent...

    You are free to dislike her, I don't like her that much. But Lady Gaga is clearly talented. They could have done much worse. (Justin Beiber does Bowie??)

    Posted in: Lady Gaga to lead Bowie tribute at Grammys

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    commanteer

    This is the irony. The music industry complains that downloading will destroy music, when in fact it is aggressive actions like this that destroy music. Most artists want their music to be heard. Hard to be heard if your song is behind lock and key and can only be played after an onerous and costly process.

    The music industry went after radio stations in earlier days, before realizing they were actually promoting their music. Then they went to paying radio stations to play songs (payola).

    Too many laws and too many lawyers killing creativity and productivity. Not to mention joy.

    Posted in: It is natural that copyright holders want to protect their rights because high-quality copies can be made easily today thanks to the advancement of digital devices. However, it is also understandable that consumers find it unfair that use of legitimately downloaded songs at wedding parties is prohibited, because they don’t intend to distribute pirated copies.

  • 4

    commanteer

    Funny to see the Grammy awards honor him this way, when his success in the arts and lack of Grammy recognition during his life just shows how meaningless their awards are.

    Posted in: Lady Gaga to lead Bowie tribute at Grammys

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    commanteer

    Rand was the most forward looking of the candidates. People simply aren't ready to see what a sham their current system is.

    There has never been even a single successful modern libertarian state.

    Name one that has failed then. You can't because there hasn't been one. Yet, we are watching the early death throes of large intrusive governments. They are dinosaurs. No idea what will replace them, but they need replacing - and will be after things get bad enough, people respond by voting in tyrants and demagogues, and maybe, eventually, come to their senses. If anyone is left.

    Enjoy your coffee!

    Posted in: Trump accuses Cruz of fraud in Iowa caucuses; Rand Paul out

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    commanteer

    The prosecutors should be fired and barred from practicing law - or practicing much of anything. They are a national embarrassment.

    What next? Will they scan the coast confiscating abalone, and arresting abalone fishermen? We all know what that looks like...

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    commanteer

    You can never kill all the radicals because in killing them you just create more.

    I'm not saying that's the answer, but your opinion is not supported. It's just a well-worn trope used by people who are against a violent response. History is full of examples where radical (and even not radical) movements were wiped out by killing enough of them. Eventually, even most radicals get tired of bloodshed.

    Since IS is concentrated and practically inviting traditional warfare, I wonder why the West is waiting. Unlike many extremists, they are not in the shadows, but concentrated and holding territory.

    Posted in: Mass expulsions ahead for Europe as migrant crisis grows

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    commanteer

    Civil Rights marchers stormed government buildings with semi-automatic weapons? Interesting considering non-violence was at the heart of MLK's movement.

    Your definition of terrorism said nothing about automatic weapons. By your definition (not mine) intimidation is enough. And I said nothing about MLK.

    I never said shoot them.

    And yet, just a few comments late you said to Wakyama Mama:

    they need to be dealt with. Shot, imprisoned, marooned on a desert island

    You really have no right to complain about violence.

    Posted in: Police restrict access to Oregon refuge after fatal standoff

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    commanteer

    I was interested in visiting, but these visits help support a cruel and inhumane regime, both financially and for propaganda purposes. Giving money to N Korea just to be entertained and get some nice holiday stories... seems unethical to me while there are so many families and children being tortured daily in NK camps.

    Posted in: U.S. student's arrest renews scrutiny of N Korean tours

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    commanteer

    Western foreign policy helped create the wars they flee - Stabilizing the Middle East, of course, would reduce the pressure on Europe.

    One sentence blames Europe for interference in the Mid-East, and fair enough. The next sentence seems to suggest that interference is needed. The writer didn't say the Middle East needs to stabilize, he chose a verb form that suggests stabilization from the outside.

    And then he brings up xenophobia, when Europe is one of the least xenophobic places on the planet. That's why they are having problems they have now. You want xenophobia? Try talking to the refugees. They have loads of it, and they act on it.

    Posted in: The tragedy of Europe: Location, location, location

  • -5

    commanteer

    Terrorism is defined as the "the unofficial or unauthorized use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims"

    Well, by that definition, the entire Occupy movement was terrorist. As were any rioters in Missouri last year. As were many civil rights marchers in the 60s. I guess they all "deserve to die" too.

    By the same definition, the government can do anything they want, and it's not terrorism. Because it's "official" then.

    Meanwhile rational people still understand that the root of terrorism is "terror." And there was none in this case. But, what the heck. Let's shoot them anyway, right? They're only republicans. Not really human.

    Posted in: Police restrict access to Oregon refuge after fatal standoff

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    commanteer

    Abe's pro-growth policy is a big success. Every one of his friends is getting richer!

    Posted in: Amari to explain bribery accusations on Thursday

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    commanteer

    I would guess the visit is unofficial because official visits might be restricted according to US sanctions that Japan agreed to. Which is fine with me. I know Putin is a thug, but Obama seems intent on starting hostilities over Crimea, which is a complex issue despite what the western media propaganda tells you. Unlike smithinjapan, I am not privy to what Abe and Putin will say. Hope for a settlement though.

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    commanteer

    @sangetsu03. Surely you were referring to South America? In North America, corruption is widespread at the top and getting worse. And it's a rare sight to see one get arrested, much less go to prison.

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